It’s that time of year. There’s a chill in the air and the leaves are falling from the trees. Though we’re sad that summer has come to and end, autumn is a great time for creative crafting with your family. So, grab a mug of hot apple cider, throw a pinch of cinnamon in cocoa for the kids and share some creative quality time together.
One of the best things about doing creative projects in autumn is that plenty of the materials are free. Take your family on a walk outdoors to collect as many pine cones as you need. Back home, have your kids carefully paint the tips of the pine cones to match the color spectrum. For example, yellow can gradually move to orange and then to red. Or, pink can darken into purple.
DIY pumpkin candles
Grab a couple of small pumpkins or gourds to make your candles out of. Cut the tops off and let your little ones empty the inside out with a spoon. You can get premade wicks and wax flakes from any hobby or craft shop. Melt down the wax flakes down until they are transparent and add pumpkin or cinnamon scent for an extra festive aroma. Make sure you wait around 45 minutes to let the wax cool. Stick your wick into the center of your pumpkin and pour in the wax. Set them on your mantle or tabletops to give your house a fall flare.
Take your family outside to collect fallen leaves — the more variety of colors, the better. You can also go to a pumpkin patch to choose your own pumpkins, or pick a couple up at your local market. First, spray paint your pumpkin white. Then, using modge podge glue or another transparent lacquer, you and your kids can decorate your pumpkin with your foliage. It’s as easy as that! And you’re left with a beautiful pumpkin to decorate your house or walkway.
Mason jar maple leaf candles
Empty out and clean a mason jar (you can use any type of jar you have lying around). Cut out a maple leaf or any other autumnal pattern, like a pumpkin or turkey. Glue it to the side of your jar. Help your kiddies paint the jars orange, red, or yellow. Once the paint is dry, carefully remove the glued-on pattern. Stick a tea candle in the center of your jars and your candles are ready to decorate the dinner table.
How fun is this? For this project all you need is dried out gourds (we don’t want your decorations to rot on you), jewels or rhinestones from any hobby store, tacky glue or a hot glue gun, white or gold sharpies and glitter (if you’re feeling extra adventurous). Now, you and your family can paint the gourds any color you like and decorate them with the markers and rhinestones!
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